UGME Teaching

Faculty members in the Department of Social Studies of Medicine contribute to teaching at all levels of undergraduate medical education over the four years of training. Recently, departmental faculty members have given orientation talks to new medical and dentistry students, they are frequent guest lecturers in individual courses on the history of chronic disease, history of infectious disease, introduction to the clinic, history of the hospital, history of the stethoscope, medical aid in dying, neuroethics, boundaries and truth telling, and Faculty members give regular lecturers in learning blocks (e.g., INDS 113: Block C [Cardiovascular], INDS 114: Block E [Digestion and Metabolism], and Medical Ethics and Health Law).

INDS 426: Putting it All Together (PIAT)

In the fourth year of undergraduate medical education, faculty offer dedicated selectives in the INDS 426: Putting it All Together (PIAT) course. These selectives may change year to year. Recent selectives include:

  • Addiction Worlds
  • Architecture and Medicine
  • Cutting into the Living Body: The History of Modern Surgery
  • Dissecting the Placebo Effect
  • Ethics and Medical Research
  • Empowering Patients? Patient Activism and Medical Work
  • Gender and Medicine
  • Medicine by Design
  • Medicine, Sexuality, and Culture
  • What is “Global Health”?

More information about the current PIAT selectives can be found here: Minerva Login

INDS 123J1, J2, J3: Research Fundamentals

In the first and second years of training, students take a multi-stage course on research literacy. Faculty members in the department regularly contribute to teaching in the INDS 123J1, J2, J3: Research Fundamentals course. Recent research topics include:

  • Hospital Ethnography
  • Narrative Medicine
  • Socio-technical dynamics of genomic/precision/personalized medicine

More information about Research Fundamentals course can be found here:

ELEC 400: Research Elective

Students typically take research electives in the fourth year of their medical education. Faculty members in the department supervise individualized study on various research topics, which have recently included:

  • Feminist Science and Technology Studies
  • Philosophy of Medicine
  • Sex, Age and COVID-19

A complete list of elective courses can be found here:


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